Under the directives of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and funded by Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC), JRF initiated the comprehensive development of the Tafileh governorate in collaboration with the local authorities and relevant stake-holders. The initiative aims to improve the social and economic status of Tafileh through:
- The provision of training, capacity-building and awareness-raising workshops
- establishing income-generating and basic infrastructure projects
- strengthening the local agricultural sector
- focusing on networking and advocacy.
JRF started with the participatory strategic planning session in August 2009, with the participation of 107 community members.
The implementation of the initiative has included several components:
Institution assessment. 85 CBOs were assessed, including 71 charitable and cooperative societies, 4 municipalities and 10 youth clubs and centers.
Capacity building and awareness raising. 43 CBOs were trained in various technical and specialized skills, 23 of these received training in child and family related issues through the JRF’s Child Safety Program.
Income-generating projects. 15 income-generating projects were implemented in partnership with 15 CBOs. The Projects are now operational and are employing 54 people, 35 of whom are female.
Maintenance of kindergartens. 17 kindergartens were renovated and provided with the necessary equipment and furniture. This was achieved with the support of 17 CBOs who received specialized training.
Infrastructure support. 21 schools were provided with furniture and equipment. This was in addition to the equipping of three health centers.
Networking and advocacy. 69 local partnerships were created including CBOs, youth centers, directorates and others such as the University of Tafileh, the Women’s Union, the Hashemite Fund and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.
- 152 young people of whom 74 are female participated in six training sessions on communication skills, time management, English, ICDL and CV writing.
- 70 young people of whom 32 are female participated in sessions on poetry and story Writing, and photography.
- Several voluntary sport initiatives, including a football championship and sports day conferences were held. 804 young people of whom 139 are female participated in these activities.
- A voluntary environmental day was held in “Dana Camp” with the participation of 76 young people, of whom 17 are female.